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Pelham is located in the central portion of the County and approximately 15 miles south of Birmingham.


Incorporated in 1964, Pelham was originally a pre-Civil War settlement called Shelbyville. Sometime after the Civil War the settlement of Shelbyville was renamed Pelham in honor of Major John Pelham. Major Pelham, a Civil War hero, fought in more than 60 battles. His greatest battle was at Fredericksburg where he confused a federal army of 120,000 men with his brilliant one-gun barrage from their flank. His contribution to the Confederate victory that day was a major one and General Robert E Lee cited the part played by "the gallant Pelham" in his official report.

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Visitors & Business

Pelham is located in the foothills of Oak Mountain, scenic neighborhoods offer a retreat from the busy world. It's a wonderful place to call home and a great place to visit.

Businesses have discovered this ideal location and understand why people love this community. With the Pelham Civic Complex, Ballantrae Golf Club and nationally recognized Pelham Racquet Club, this city definitely has a wide variety of recreational opportunities for everyone to enjoy. The Pelham Civic Complex offers meeting space and an Ice Skating arena. Pelham is an ideal location for your next meeting, strategically situated along Interstate 65 with abundant lodging and dining opportunities.

The Shelby County Chamber serves Pelham.